Guruji is watching over all of us

Arun Sharma, September 2012
Akhanda-Mandalakaaram vyaaptam yena characharam
Tatpadam darshitam yena tasmai Shri Gurave Namaha.


Salutations to the glorious guru!
The one whole divinity which pervades the sensate and insensate Universe-
That He has shown to me.

Agyana timir-andhasya gyananjana shalaakayaa
Chakshuhu unmeelitam yena tasmai Sri Gurave Namaha


Salutations to the glorious guru!
Applying the divine collyrium of self-knowledge to my eyes
He has removed the cataract of ignorance.

Guru Brahma Gurur Vishnu Guru Devo Maheshwaraha
Guru Saakshat Para Brahma Tasmai Sree Gurave Namaha


Salutations to the glorious guru!
Creator, sustainer, divine ressurector
He is the Lord made manifest

Sthaavaram Jangamam Vyaaptam Yatkinchit Sacharaa Charam
TatPadam Darshitam Yena Tasmai Sri Gurave Namaha.


Salutations to the glorious guru!
That which saturates every atom of the animate and the non-living universe-
He has shown it to me.

Chinmayam Vyaapi Yatsarvam Trailokya Sacharaa Charam
TatPadam Darshitam Yena Tasmai Sri Gurave Namaha


Salutations to the glorious guru!
That which permeates every bit of the three worlds, whether moveable or immotile-
He has uncovered it for me.

Sarva Sruti Shiroratna Viraajita Padambujaha
Vedaantaambuja Sooryo Yah Tasmai Sri Gurave Namaha.


Salutations to the glorious guru!
At His lotus feet lie the crown jewels of all scripture
He is the nourishing sun to the lotus of the Vedanta

Chaitanya shashwatah shanto vyomatito niranjanaha
Bindunaad kalatitah tasmai Sri Gurave Namaha.


Salutations to the gloriousg guru!
Eternal consciousness: becalmed, untainted, beyond space
primordial sound, beyond time

Gyanshakti samaroodhah tatwamala vibhooshitaha
Bhukti-Mukti pradata cha tasmai Sri Gurave Namaha.


Salutations to the glorious guru!
Established in kinetic wisdom, garlanded with precept
Granter of worldly prosperity and final liberation

Aneka Janma Sampraapta Karma Bandha Vidaahine
Atma Gyaana Pradaaneyna Tasmai Sri Gurave Namaha.


Salutations to the glorious guru!
The self-knowledge he grants burns down
The karmic bonds of lifetimes.

Shoshanam Bhava Sindhoscha Gyapanam Saarasampadaha
Guror Padodakam Samyak Tasmai Sri Gurave Namaha.


Salutations to the glorious guru!
Quaffed, the water of His lotus feet grants me the one eternal wealth--
True knowledge: it parches up the ocean of my endless seeking.

Na Guror Adhikam Tatwam Na Guror Adhikam Tapaha
Tatwa gyanaat Param Naasti Tasmai Sri Gurave Namaha.


Salutations to the glorious guru!
There is no principle beyond the Guru, nor penance to equal Him
Neither a truth beyond that imparted by the Guru

Mannaathah Sri Jaganaatho Madguruhu Sri Jagad Guruhu
Madh Atma Sarva Bhootaatma Tasmai Sri Gurave Namaha.


Salutations to the glorious Guru!
My Lord is Lord of the universe; my Guru is guru of the universe
My self is the self of all.

Guroraadi Anaadischa Guruh Parama Daivatam
Guroh Parataram Naasti Tasmai Sri Gurave Namaha


Most-exalted deity, none higher, without origin himself
He is yet the beginning of the world
Salutations to my Guru!

Tvameva mata cha pita tvameva tvameva bandhushcha sakha tvameva.
Tvameva vidya dravinam tvameva tvameva sarvam mama-dev-deva.


You are mother and father, brother and friend
Knowledge and wealth and everything else
My god you are!

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The divine powers of Guruji are immense and defy logical explanation, as He can make the impossible possible. He is the manifestation of God and the incarnation of Mahashiva. Guruji has blessed our family, and it is because of His grace that we have been able to overcome enormous difficulties. Guruji's miracles cannot be counted. He daily provides succor to people suffering from various calamities.

It was the year 2009 when we reached Bade Mandir, at His bidding we are sure, for the first time. My father is a Shiva bhakta and, I believe, his devotion made us worthy of gaining entry in Shiva Loka, that is, the Mandir. It was a stressful time for our family and we were feeling completely lost. Guruji came in to our life and became our divine anchor and saviour. Although we had lived in NCR for a very long time, we were unaware of the Bade Mandir. I am eternally thankful to Him for calling us to His lotus feet.

My family had been going to priests, conducting various rites to solicit the blessings of God. Thankfully, Guruji took pity on us and called us to Him through the agency of a sangat person. We were eager and found our way to the Bade Mandir the very next Saturday, but not prepared for what we found there. As we entered the divine gate of Shiva Loka, we felt our worries melt away and a surreal peace descend on us. We sat down in the hall and listened to the meaningful shabads. Guruji answers the deepest queries of His devotees through these shabads. We were intoxicated by the wonderful atmosphere. It touched the very core of our soul. Guruji overwhelmed us by His love and we became His servants (daas). No one can be luckier than those of us who have found the Param-Pita Paramatma in the form of our benevolent Guruji.

We started coming to Bade Mandir on every available opportunity to immerse our souls in the divine nectar of Guruji's love, and He welcomed us every time like a loving mother with open arms.

I have always believed that Guruji gives us what we need and not what we want, although it may not be possible for us to fathom His ways. His plans for us are way better than our wildest dreams. I have had many amazing experiences in the last three years and am sure there are many more that we are not aware of because He removes the thorns from our path before we step on them.

Parents are blessed with divine amrit

My parents attend the satsang held at the house of a devotee, Mrs. Ritu Kapoor, in Gurgaon. At a satsang held there, divine nectar came from Guruji's photograph. My parents were present and lucky enough to witness the amazing phenomena. This is Guruji's way of reassuring His children that He is watching over all of us.

Guruji moves the family to Bangalore

I had moved to Gurgaon in 2008 to be with my parents and extended family after a long stint of 15 years. Within five months of calling us to His dwaar, Guruji dropped subtle hints that He wanted us to move to Bangalore. Although I was satisfied with the organization I was working with, headhunters began approaching me for a job in Bangalore. The amazing fact is that these calls would only come when I was at or near Bade Mandir. It was impossible to ignore the obvious connection and we took it as His hukm. Soon enough, these casual conversations materialized into a firm offer of employment from an organization in Bangalore. We were torn because moving would have meant that our regular visits to Bade Mandir would not be possible. But Guruji has plans for everything. Soon after our move to the new and unfamiliar city, we came to know of the sangat in Bangalore. Guruji made sure that His children remained connected to Him and continued to receive divine sustenance.

It is humanly not possible for one to pen down the blessings of the easily-pleased Lord Ashutosh who came to this world in the form of our Guruji for the uplift of society, reinforcement of moral values and to spread the message of divine love. We are forever thankful to Mrs. Sunita Chawla, the devotee who guided us to Guruji.

In the end, I find these lines very befitting: "Suraj Ki Garmi Se Jalte Hue Man Ko Mil Jaye Taruvar Ki Chaya, Aisa Hi Sukh Mere Mann Ko Mila Hai, Main Jabse Sharan Teri Aaya, Mere Guruji." (As a person scorched with the sun of desire finds shade and peace in a lake, so has my mind found eternal rest in your presence and under your refuge.)

Arun Sharma, a devotee

September 2012